Societal Challenges

Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenges pillar reflects the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.

A challenge-based approach brings together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and the humanities. This covers activities from research to market with a new focus on innovation-related activities, such as piloting, demonstration, test-beds, and support for public procurement and market uptake. It includes establishing links with the activities of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP). Funding focuses on the following challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing.
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy.
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy.
  • Smart, green and integrated transport.
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.